‘Outrageous and humiliating’

Proceedings for Taylor Swift groping trial are underway

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Jury selection has begun for the federal trial involving Taylor Swift and the radio DJ who, according to the singer’s lawsuit, groped her backstage during a photo op.

In an attempt to determine potential preconceptions about Swift, the court crafted an extensive questionnaire for jurors, which was obtained by TMZ. Among other things, candidates were asked if they listened to Swift on the radio, bought her albums, or attended any of her concerts.

According to The New York Times, no jurors were selected on the first day, though several were excluded — among them one woman who said that she thought Swift was “petty and dishonest.”

The trial will contend with battling lawsuits filed by Swift and D.J. David “Jackson” Mueller. As BuzzFeed explains, Mueller was fired in 2015 after Swift told his employer that he had reach under her skirt and grabbed her bottom while they were posing for photos.

Claiming that he had been falsely accused, Mueller brought a lawsuit against Swift, seeking compensation for his damaged reputation and the loss of his job. Swift in turn filed a countersuit alleging assault and battery.

At least 17 witnesses — including Swift, her mother, and Mueller — are expected to testify. In court documents, Swift said that she decided to go public with her allegations to “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”

Read the full story at The Cut.


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